Funding for a PhD

LUMS Scholarships

A small number of LUMS Studentships will also be available which include a fee waiver and a stipend of approximately £18,000 per annum. Applicants should indicate that they wish to be considered for a Doctoral Studentship on their application form (under the section on proposed source of funding and in the personal statement) so that they can automatically be considered: there are no separate studentship application forms.

These studentships will be available for all the PhD programmes offered by LUMS and for students of any nationality. Awards will be allocated on a competitive basis, which is intended to support promising researchers to undertake their PhD studies in LUMS. Students receiving these studentships will be required to undertake some teaching and/or marking activities.

Eligibility: all students

Deadline for applications: 28 March 2023. Please note if you are planning to apply for an ESRC award the deadline for this is 1 February 2023.

ESRC Awards

Lancaster University forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP), which offers a large number of studentships covering tuition and providing a living allowance. Details of the provision and funding offered by the NWSSDTP are available on the NWSSDTP website.

Eligibility: All students (The University will fund the difference between the Home and Overseas tuition fee for any successful overseas applicants).

If you are interested in applying for an ESRC Studentship, please contact Sarah Patterson.

Deadline for applications: 1 February 2023

Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships are prestigious awards and are very valuable for international students. They are available on a competitive basis.

Eligibility: overseas students

Departmental Scholarships


Programme Studentships - Management Science only

The Department of Management Science currently offers programme-specific funded studentships aimed at high-achieving applicants.

Eligibility: Management Science applicants only

Interests: Our interests cover information systems and the digital economy; operational research; and operations management, including supply chain and logistics. Supervision is available in all these areas.

More Details: We have a large group of PhD candidates and are seeking others to join them. The funding covers fees and living costs and is currently only available for full-time study. Details of potential PhD topics can be found on the Management Science PhD Supervisor page. For more information, please contact Ms Gay Bentinck.

Deadline: There are two deadlines for 31 December and 15 February each year.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

If you’re starting a doctoral degree, you could get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £27,892 to help with course fees and living costs. It isn’t based on your income or your family’s and it’s paid directly to you. Please visit the website for more information.

Additional Information

Many websites provide information about funding opportunities. We suggest overseas applicants consider the British Council website for helpful information. Among the other sources, we suggest the following links: